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Update from Assistant Minister Andrews on Skills Reform

Since I became Assistant Minister, I have met with many of the key stakeholders in this sector through roundtable discussions, forums and site visits. I have also had the opportunity to meet with many students undertaking vocational education and apprentices involved in training. These consultations have identified the importance of strong in... read more »

Nominations now open to recognise outstanding locals

Nominations are now open for the 2017 McPherson Community Achiever Awards which recognise residents who make outstanding contributions to our community.  Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews MP says the awards highlight the great contribution volunteers make to their organisations, clubs and groups.  “Australia... read more »

Strengthening skills and training ties with Indonesia

The strengths of the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system and opportunities for Australia to support Indonesia to meet its skills needs have been the focus of Ministerial talks in Indonesia this week. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews today completed a successful visit to Jakarta after lea... read more »

Gold Coast jobless rate among lowest in country

Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon. Karen Andrews, says the latest regional breakdown of unemployment figures has delivered more good news for Gold Coast job seekers. “The overall unemployment rate for the Gold Coast in January fell to 4.0 per cent compared to 6.3 per cent for the same month last year, giving the region one of the l... read more »

Good news for Gold Coast in latest international student figures

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon. Karen Andrews, has welcomed new figures revealing a strong increase in international students numbers in Australia.  “In Queensland, the number of international students rose by 8.7 per cent in 2016 with all universities recording an ... read more »
  • Member for McPherson says we should all celebrate National Families Week Thursday, 16 May 2013
  • Member for McPherson calls for fairer indexation of military superannuation pensions ahead of tomorrow’s budget Monday, 13 May 2013
  • Member for McPherson urges community to understand the issues behind mental illness Friday, 10 May 2013
  • Education the answer to Southern Gold Coast underemployment epidemic Friday, 3 May 2013
  • Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum leads charge to commemorate ANZAC Day Thursday, 18 April 2013
  • Gold Coast’s billion-dollar higher education industry faces turmoil says Member for McPherson Sunday, 14 April 2013
  • Survey shows Southern Gold Coasters most concerned about border security Thursday, 11 April 2013
  • Gold Coast universities to help shape future of surging online education Thursday, 4 April 2013
  • Have a Heart for Heart Research Friday, 8 February 2013
  • PM Dodges Question on Future Changes to Super Friday, 8 February 2013
  • ‘I Love Mudgeeraba’ Competition Celebrates Hinterland Gem Tuesday, 15 January 2013
  • Racing Carnival is the Economic Magic We Need Friday, 11 January 2013
  • Aged Care Roundtable Discusses Issues Facing Sector Friday, 9 November 2012
  • Penalty Rates Should Not be a Penalty on Employers Monday, 29 October 2012
  • Andrews Helps Celebrate Local Resident’s 100th Birthday Thursday, 25 October 2012
  • Shuffleboard Association Makes Andrews Patron Wednesday, 17 October 2012
  • Dementia Awareness Week Friday, 21 September 2012
  • Legacy Week 2012 Monday, 3 September 2012
  • Fly the Flag on Australian National Flag Day Thursday, 30 August 2012
  • National Meals on Wheels Day Wednesday, 29 August 2012
  • Heritage group needs our help Tuesday, 31 July 2012
  • Residents need to have their say on cruise ship terminal Thursday, 19 July 2012
  • You’re invited to Alzheimer’s Australia’s ‘Dining for Dementia’ Friday, 13 July 2012
  • A promise Gold Coast veterans can count on Thursday, 12 July 2012
  • Our forgotten older Australians Thursday, 12 July 2012
  • Seniors’ Forum nearly here! Monday, 2 July 2012
  • Southern Gold Coast braces for Carbon Tax onslaught Monday, 2 July 2012
  • No Time To Dilly Dally On Naval Ships Wednesday, 27 June 2012
  • Leave The Glitterati To Surfers, We’ll Dazzle You On The Southern Gold Coast Tuesday, 26 June 2012
  • Clean Energy Bill 2011 - 11 October 2011 Wednesday, 4 April 2012
  • Surf Lifesavers - 19 September 2011 Wednesday, 4 April 2012
  • Australian Industry Participation Plan - 19 September 2011 Wednesday, 4 April 2012
  • No Help for Small Business from the Labor Government Tuesday, 20 March 2012
  • Another Day, Another Tax From the Federal Labor Government Tuesday, 20 March 2012
  • Andrews Welcomes Blossoming Success of Community Group Thursday, 1 March 2012
  • Andrews says Labor Leadership ballot will not resolve Labor leadership crisis Wednesday, 29 February 2012
  • Australia Post Delivers Hit to Robina Businesses Wednesday, 22 February 2012
  • Private Health Insurance Changes Bad for the Coast Wednesday, 15 February 2012
  • Not a Time To Be Complacent On Unemployment Says Andrews Wednesday, 15 February 2012
  • Andrews Speaks Out Against Gillard’s Demolition of the ABCC Thursday, 9 February 2012
  • Andrews Tells Parliament the Gold Coast Needs an ILS Thursday, 9 February 2012
  • Gillard Downgrade of Manufacturing Ministry Bad For Coast Tuesday, 10 January 2012
  • Fly-In Fly-Out Workers - 15 September 2011 Monday, 5 December 2011
  • Andrews Calls for National FIFO Hub on the Gold Coast – Media Release 2nd November 2011 Wednesday, 2 November 2011
  • Community Organisations - 12 September 2011 Tuesday, 18 October 2011
  • National Stroke Awareness Week - 12 September 2011 Tuesday, 18 October 2011
  • Vietnam Veterans Day - 24 August 2011 Tuesday, 18 October 2011
  • Grant Funding for McPherson Vets – Media Release 14th October 2011 Tuesday, 18 October 2011
  • Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 - 23 August 2011 Tuesday, 18 October 2011
  • Schools Assistance Amendment Bill 2011 - 22 August 2011 Thursday, 13 October 2011
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